Friday, November 13, 2015

America Recycles Day | Cotopaxi

Hello Readers,

Sunday, November 15th is America Recycles Day.  If you follow my blog you know I like to re-purpose things from time to time...  Repurposing is like the new recycle.    

In honor of America Recycles Day, I am featuring a great company that provides 'Gear for Good'. Not only does Cotopaxi make great outdoor gear--they are passionate about adventure, making a positive impact, and inspiring others to the same in outdoor gear. 

Cotopaxi has a two part promise: They make good products and they do good in the world. 
This company focuses their efforts on global poverty alleviation and gives targeted grants to advanced health education and livelihood initiatives around the world.  

I'd like to share with you a project that Cotopaxi has been doing that involves repurposing fabric that was headed to landfills. They gave sewers in the Philippians total creative control to create these one-of-a-kind nylon bags packed with punchy colors.  No two bags are alike.  Here's a short video about the Luzon Del Dia bag and how it's made.

Luzon 18L Daypack -  Del Dia - I'm Feeling Lucky

Pretty cool, huh?

The Luzon Del Dia features a roomy sleeve with ripstop nylon, top drawstring 
closure, mesh backpack straps and an internal hydration sleeve. 

Whether you're on the traills or bouncing around town this bag is truly unique and is
 'Gear for Good'. 

 I've got to have one! What about you? 

Be sure to check out more of the Cotopaxi backpacks!

And in honor of America Recycles Day--Do your part to keep America beautiful People!

From my house to your house, Happy Hunting!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Uncommon Goods | A Little Something for Everyone

Hello Readers,

With Turkey Day just a blink of an eye away, I thought this might be a good time to put together a fabulous gift guide for the special people in your lives... Or maybe you'll see something for yourself!

Have you  heard of UncommonGoods? UncommonGoods is a website that specializes in creative and exciting handmade merchandise--from home decor, jewelry, gifts, entertaining, hobbies, beauty, accessories and much, much more!  

UncommonGoods works with artists and small factories to make their products environmentally responsible--using recycled components and organic products.  The best part: They do not sell products that harm humans or animals.  

Give Factor: Uncommon Goods will even donate $1 to your choice of a non-profit organization with your purchase.  What's better than that?!

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for just about anyone to make your gift stand out above the rest this holiday season--all for a good cause! 

Don't forget your host or hostess!

For the Traveler or Special Guy on your list:

A cool gift for the sports fanatic. 
There is just about any ballpark blueprint available depending on where your favorite home team is.  
Be sure to check out all of the one-of-a-kind art on UncommonGoods

What a clever way to keep the caps you're proud to drink..
A 'must have' for the beer connoisseur for sure!

Whoa...what? I know some dudes that would love this.
Beer good. Jelly good.  

Travel maps are a really cool way to show where you've been.  This one is a scratch off... A great conversation piece!

Optimist Pessimist Glasses
A realistic take on your beverage...would be great with milk or water too.

For the Chef or Foodie:

Salt Collection of America

11 All American gourmets salts.  A great way to being your dishes to life!

Foodie Fight
A fun way to test your knowledge of Celebrity Chefs to food science to exotic cuisine! 
Ocean Reel Salt and Pepper Mill
A clever nautical spin on the old classic condiment.

Cheese & Crackers Board
I am obsessed with the ampersand...for me it means 'more than one'. 
This board is a great gift for just about anyone or family.
Just look at how everything nuzzles in the groves...

For the dog lover:
What's your favorite four legged friend?  You can order just about any breed.. 
Yes, they even have cats! 
A great way to treasure man's best friend.

How adorable are these handmade glass Dashshunds oil & vinegar set? 
A great conversation piece!

Hand Knit Dog Ornaments
Hand Knit Dog Ornament
What does every dog owner hold close to their heart?  A handmade ornament of their beloved little friend.  

For Her:

No more ice cubes watering down your wine.  Need I say more?...

Plenty of global delights to explore and made in Paris, France.  A good cup of tea makes everything better!

Flavor Infuser Water Bottle

Water Infuser
This handy little device lets you take your refreshing fruit infused water with you.  Orange, cucumber and blueberry water are all my favorite.  

This beautiful chic Kimono made from India would be gorgeous as a swim suit cover up.. 
Um.. yes, please!

The Arrow is a symbol of love and war in mythology and the wearer represents a sense of power.
 I absolutely love this statement necklace.

Elephants are said to bring good luck and prosperity.  Who wouldn't want to pass this beautiful handmade Indonesian elephant on to a great friend or special lady? 

And of course anyone who loves to make their house into a home, you can check out UncommonGoods for more endless home decor ideas.

For the New Couple (or Fun Couple):

Molecular Cuisine
A great way to show off your "food skills" to guests or someone special.  You can transform liquids to cubes, morph melted chocolate into powders and many other cool things.  

Molecular Drinks
A great pairing with the molecular cuisine or just for a fun experiment.  A great ice breaker!
There is also a cheese making kit--awesome.

Personalized Cutting Board
Personalized Cutting Board

A great personal touch to display at a party or small gathering.
It could be the closest you get to seeing your name in lights...

Need an idea for a Housewarming gift or a hostess gift? UncommonGoods has piles of fabulous ideas to make anyone feel special.

If your anything like me, Thanksgiving marks the time of giving and I hear a loud horn as I am off to find   I hope this round up helps you do just that.  

From my house to your house, Happy Hunting!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Brass Lamp Turned Finial | DIY

Hello Readers,

Things have been pretty busy over the Summer and now that my "little busy bees" are back into a school routine, I can get back to what I do best--  DIY Projects! 

I was inspired over the Summer when I dropped my daughter off at one of her friends house for a play date. I was quickly awestruck and distracted by a pair of bright, beautiful yellow finials that sat on a table in my friends living room...

Um...I'm sorry, what time should I pick her up?

See how they just pull you right in?

Her home was modern, mixed with greys and the pop of yellow was absolutely breathtaking. I just couldn't stop drooling over them until she told me how she made them.  

They were originally a pair of brass lamps she purchased from a thrift store and took apart, then spray painted yellow.  What a great idea!

I think she might have been reluctant to tell me where she got them, but d
oesn't everyone go to thrift stores now-a-days? 

In fact, I bought a brass lamp a couple of years ago for my daughters room and spray painted it cream. You might remember this one. Here's how the whole room turned out. 

So I ran to one of my favorite thrift stores and found this brass lamp for $19.99.

I started by unscrewing the top and then pulling the cord out.  Super easy!

I decided to add an old chandelier finial to the top of mine just to finish it off.  It came from the bottom of an old chandelier that I wrapped in rope.  
Remember this beauty? 

The final step was to spray paint it a beautiful color of indigo blue that I purchased at Lowe's.

I chose a blue shade because I wanted it to tie in with some of the other blue that I have in the room.  

What do you think?  I absolutely love it.  A pair of these on any buffet type table would be breathtaking.  Or you could use different ones with varying heights...  You could even make a candle holder out of them!  I'd love to know-- is this a project you could see yourself doing?

Thanks Mrs. Mains for the inspiration!  

From my house, to your house, Happy Hunting!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Back Porch Nook | Simple Ideas

Hello Readers, 

With the recent drop in temperature and what seems like a we finally got our Spring showers the last 3 days, I thought it would be fitting to share what I have been up to lately on our back that the sun is back.

A few weeks ago I gave our outdoor furniture new life with the Olympic deck rescue paint. 

You can see that the wood is dry and has lost it's color.   


This product worked wonders for our teak outdoor furniture that is 8 years old.  One thick coat of "Autumn Brown" was all that it needed to bring this furniture back to life.  I could only imagine what it could do for a splintery old deck.  That's next on my list..

Instead of adding a huge amount of potted plants this year, I decided to keep things simple. A tall arborvitae in a pot for some height, a succulant centerpiece, and a simple hot pink geranium for some color.  In memory of my Grandmother that passed last year.  Geraniums were her favorite.

I also hung two peach petunia pots on the outside off the porch just for good measure.  Mostly because I could not resist the color.  If you know me, you know I am obsessed with coral and peach right now.

Some simple black and white pillows that I scored from Walmart last year gives this space the edge I was looking for.  p.s. I love black and white in an outdoor space.

 I picked up a couple of these outdoor lantern lights that I shared on Facebook recently.  

They were $22 each at a Habitat for Humanity Store and the finish and detail was just the look I wanted. 

And it wouldn't be complete without dusting off our old bird feeder. I now have a quiet little place to enjoy my tea in the morning and listen and watch the birds as they enjoy the taste of Hannah's sandwich crusts cut off from her lunch.

A great way to start the day and to show you just how beautiful life can be.  Don't mind if I do!

Someone else is enjoying the view as well.

From my House to your House, Happy Hunting!!

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